The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. We invite participation through program-specific public calls for panelists. We select panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in varying artistic disciplines. Panelists must be Maryland residents.
Folklife Apprenticeship and Heritage Award panelists
Maryland Traditions, MSAC’s traditional arts program, is seeking panelists to evaluate submissions to the Heritage Award and Folklife Apprenticeship programs, both of which support community-based living cultural traditions handed down by example or word of mouth.
What to expect as a panelist
Heritage Award panelists evaluate nominations for Maryland people, places, and traditions that represent long-term achievement in the traditional arts. All selected panelists will be expected to:
- Evaluate Heritage Award nominations on their own time, with digital submissions due in December
- Attend one virtual orientation in the fall and one synchronous virtual panel meeting in December, as scheduled by staff
- Receive compensation of between $375 and $550, depending on the number of total nominations and assuming the completion of all scheduled assignments
Folklife Apprenticeship panelists evaluate applications to fund two-person teams in which traditional arts knowledge is passed from a master to an apprentice artist. All selected panelists will be expected to:
- Evaluate Folklife Apprenticeship applications on their own time, with all digital submissions due in spring 2024
- Attend one virtual orientation in the spring and one synchronous virtual panel meeting in the spring, as scheduled by staff
- Receive compensation of between $375 and $550, depending on the number of total applications and assuming the completion of all scheduled assignments
What we are looking for
- Maryland residents with backgrounds in a variety of arts administration and cultural worker roles, or who are interested in learning how MSAC grant applications are evaluated;
- Maryland residents familiar with one or more of the following MSAC programs: Heritage Awards, Folklife Apprenticeship;
- Traditional artists of all kinds, including former grantees of the Heritage Award or Folklife Apprenticeship programs;
- Maryland residents from multiple regions, especially western Maryland, southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore.
Deadline to apply: September 14, 2023
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